During my visit to Italy last May I took an afternoon walk one day in Baveno along Lake Maggiore. When I look at these pictures now I can see that it wasn’t a sunny day, but I didn’t notice it at the time. This is probably because the views of the lake and mountains were so compelling the cloudy skies didn’t matter. There weren’t too many people around that day so I could focus on the scenery. I also remember seeing the flowers beginning to bloom on the hydrangeas. Just as I thought it would be nice to have a treat I found a gelato shop. This was an important part of the walk too.
What I saw along the way.
Sit and enjoy the lake
Just beginning to bloom
I always find gelato :)
Seen from a distance
It was a charming walk.
Part of the fun of travel is bringing back souvenirs that have memories of where and when they were purchased. I have lots of postcards and refrigerator magnets but some of my favorite souvenirs are things I can look at such as art prints and calendars. I also like things I can wear like scarves and bracelets. When I was in Italy I wanted to find some unique souvenirs, but where should I start? Wherever I went there were so many choices it was difficult to decide. As I looked around I saw possibilities like these:
Souvenirs and flowers
These won’t last long…
It’s a good idea to stop for some refreshments along the way.
But instead of fruit I decided to stop for a gelato and this photograph is a great souvenir!
As I look out my window I can see a snowstorm in progress. Here is what it looks like from inside.
Although it looks attractive I can’t help but think about how nice it will be when it’s spring. And spring means cheery, colorful flowers. I am so fond of flowers that I thought I’d create a scene with lots of flowers and gardens to help get through the rest of the winter. It reminds me that it won’t be long before there are blue skies, warm sunshine and the beginning of a new season.
Flowers with bees!
Bright and cheerful
I’m looking forward to spring – the sooner the better!
Now that we’re beginning a new year it’s a perfect time to look forward to more travel adventures.
Happy New Year!
I was in Florida last week and in addition to the warm weather and sunshine I saw lots of flowers still in bloom. This was a wonderful sight for December! Now that I’m back home where it is a bit colder I’m looking at these pictures and already looking forward to the spring.
A single flower…
Still in bloom
Seen through the leaves
…and one more cheerful flower.
I’m also looking forward to the holidays!
I’ve been in different parts of Virginia over the past few weeks and the change in the trees has been remarkable. When I was in Williamsburg at the beginning of the month there was a lot of color in the leaves and shrubs. A nursery at Colonial Williamsburg had rows of greenery and potted plants for sale. Last week I was in the mountains and saw the Natural Bridge. It was quite impressive even though the leaves were gone. Still, the trees can be dramatic even without leaves.
Williamsburg in early November:
Lots of color
Plants for sale
A few weeks later:
A path to…
Now is also a good time to look forward to all the upcoming holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!
Last Sunday afternoon I went to the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia to see the fall colors. I picked a good day for a visit because this is what I saw.
Autumn colors are everywhere.
First glimpse of colors
Rows of mountains…
From a walking trail
Sometimes it isn’t necessary to say too much about your subject. The scenery is simply perfect.
When I got off the local train that stopped at the villages of the Cinque Terre I carried a copy of the train schedule. That way I’d know when to be back at the station to go to the next stop. Once I knew how much time I had for my walk I decided to take in all the charming sights I could. It had rained earlier so I had a slightly soggy umbrellas in my bag. Although there were lots of visitors that day I managed to get away from the crowd and enjoy my walk. These are some of my impressions.
It’s a good idea is to have boats available…
Shopping for souvenirs
A door to…?
Flowers and shopping
Nice place for a walk
And wherever you are, there is the sight of water:
Check out Jo’s Monday walk here.
I like looking up to see windows and balconies when I’m in Italy, and this last trip was no exception. Where there are windows there are usually shutters, which I find interesting because they might be open, closed or partially raised. Balconies often have colorful flower arrangements as well as laundry cheerfully hanging from the railings or attached clotheslines. In other words, there is a lot to see when you look at windows and balconies!
Many levels of windows
Balcony with laundry
Many shutters to see
Laundry and flowers
This picture has many of my favorite elements: windows, balconies, shutters, flowers and laundry. Adding to the scene that afternoon was the bright blue sky.
Some of my favorite memories are of the flowers and gardens that I see when I travel. When I was in Italy a few months ago I couldn’t help but notice the bright and colorful flowers. Here are some that I especially liked.
Flowers for sale
Bright and colorful